The trend to exotic vacation spots can leave you feeling that if you haven't been to Belize or Turkey lately, that your holiday is somehow inferior. Not so. Last week we spent five days 3 hours south-east of home and found unique sights in Saskatchewan. The picture is the sunset on McLaren Lake, in a small Regional Park, not near any town. The road to the park wasn't pleasant because it was gravel, it had rained (a lot), and we were dragging our trailer. Once we got there, it was worth it. Every night there was a sunset something like this one. There was incomparable bird life. Yellow-headed blackbirds, robins, Brewer's blackbirds, King birds, mourning doves, Great Western Owls and more we couldn't identify. The air was alive with bird calls and bird wars, poaching each other eggs and nests. A pair of ducks who had obviously lost their young to predators strolled through the campsite together. One morning I let the dogs out and a mule deer followed by her doe bounded along the shore. We saw a lot of pronghorn antelope and one doe with twins, trotting obediently behind her.
These flowers are sand docks and they were blooming on the sides of the dunes in The Great Sandhills. I have been told they are considered weeds but I found them beautiful and kind of wished some of my bedding plants at home were as showy. They looked like begonias and we were lucky to see them on full display. The rain had brought them out. Our little dogs loved the Sandhills and there were lots of foot trails to follow.
This threshing machine was outside with the machinery display at the Sceptre Great Sandhills Interpretive Centre. I can just remember threshing machines on the farm. My brother and I slid down the last straw stack, which lasted longer than the threshing machine once farmers bought combines.
This elevator is in Leader, Saskatchewan. I took a picture of it because of the various annexes. It is larger than most elevators I remember in Alberta and most of them have disappeared from the landscape.
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